A new AGU website on Natural Hazards has been launched.
I am pleased to serve on this Committee as it focuses on the bottom-up resource-based vulnerability prespective that is a much more appropriate framework for policymakers to deal with social and environmental threats, than is the top-down IPCC worldview (e.g. see). The members of our Committee including short biographers are available at http://www.agu.org/focus_group/NH/index.html.
The focus of the group includes
“The Group promotes fundamental research into the links between extreme natural hazards and dynamic processes on Earth and in space; real-time and long-term monitoring of active processes in the Earth and in space; quantitative natural-hazard modeling that combines geophysical, ecological, societal, and economic aspects of disaster scenarios; studying predictability of natural extreme events, their operational forecasting, and reducing predictive uncertainties; comprehensive interdisciplinary research aimed at reducing vulnerability to both current and future natural hazards; and implementation of effective strategies and designs for hazard mitigation and disaster management worldwide, with particular focus on the most risk-prone areas. The effects of human activities in enhancing geophysical disasters are also of interest of the group.”